Biden’s First Mid-Term Campaign Speech Targets Trump and ‘MAGA Republicans’

Biden’s First Mid-Term Campaign Speech Targets Trump and ‘MAGA Republicans’

In his first appearance in the election campaign leading up to the 2022 midterm elections, President Biden ensured that his predecessor, Donald Trump, remained front and center in voters’ minds.

Near the top of his speech in Rockville, Maryland, Biden repeatedly mentioned Trump, who has been actively campaigning for GOP supporters in the midterm elections and could be Biden’s rival again in the 2024 presidential race.

“In 2020, you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy. That’s why Donald Trump is not just a former president, he’s a defeated former president,” Biden said. “And it’s not hyperbole, now you literally have to vote to save democracy again.”

Biden said the nation was at an inflection point and needed to decide: “Are we going to be a country that goes forward or backwards” and whether the US would be “a nation of unity, of hope, of optimism, not a nation of anger, violence, hatred? and division”.

“Trump and MAGA’s extremist Republicans have made their choice,” Biden said, using the acronym for Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” “It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy that underpins the — I’ll say something, it’s like semi-fascism,” Biden said later in his speech.

Biden had dismal poll numbers for much of the year, with rising inflation and investors worried about a possible recession. And Democrats have been largely concerned that these poll numbers would lead to a Republican surge in the November congressional elections.

But Biden has had a slew of good political news lately, including the passage of a spending bill to encourage US chip factories, a historic climate change and health bill, a decline in gas prices from their peak. and the death of a great al-Leader of Qaeda.

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President Biden addresses a Democratic National Committee rally at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, on Thursday. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Perhaps buoyed by this news and his soaring numbers in the polls, Biden looked especially excited on Thursday as he campaigned in strong Democratic Maryland for gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore.

Repeatedly, Biden called Trump-aligned Republicans, linking them to GOP-led states that enacted bans or restrictions on abortion following the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade, while declaring that “your right to choose is in the vote this year.”

“How extreme are these MAGA Republicans? Just look at what has happened since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Red state after Red state rushed to pass the most restrictive abortion limitations imaginable, even with no exceptions for rape and incest,” Biden said. “But these MAGA Republicans are not going to stop there. They want a national ban. They want to pass a national legislative ban in Congress. If MAGA Republicans gain control of Congress, no matter where you live, you will not have the right to choose anywhere, anywhere.”

But Biden also promised that if the GOP regains control of Congress and bans abortion nationwide, “I will veto it.”

When he wasn’t warning about what would happen if Trump-backed candidates won in November, Biden also presented his affirmative case for voting Democrats. He praised record job growth, a drop in child poverty rates, 220 million Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, and his unique legislative efforts.

But the recurring theme of his energetically delivered speech was the decline of the opposition party.

“What’s happened is there aren’t many real Republicans anymore,” Biden said, adding, “I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect those MAGA Republicans.”

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